Chipolopolo midfielder Enock Mwepu has signed a four-year deal with English Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albion.
Mwepu, 23, becomes coach Graham Potter’s first recruit ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season which will be Albion’s fifth consecutive year in the top-flight.
“We’re delighted to be able to welcome Enock to the club and are looking forward to working with him,” Potter told the club’s official website.
“He has a great deal of experience for somebody of his age, including Champions League and international football.”
Potter is confident that the former Red Bull Salzburg midfielder will add competition to the club’s existing options in the midfield department going into the new season.
“He’s primarily a central midfielder, but he’s also capable of playing in numerous positions, is open-minded, adaptable and very keen to learn and develop,” said Potter.
Mwepu made 81 league appearances over his four years at the Red Bull Arena, scoring 11 goals and assisting nine times.
Mwepu has become the second Zambian to join the Premier League in less than a week. Last week on Wednesday, striker Patson Daka left the same team RB Salzburg and joined Leicester City.
The 22 year old forward is said to have signed a five year contract. The transfer fee was reported to be about $30 million.
On hearing the news of Mwepu joining probably the most talked about football league, many a Zambians including the number one citizen Edgar Chagwa Lungu could not hide their joy.
The president has tweeted thus;
” Fellow citizens,
Join me in congratulating Chipolopolo star Enock Mwepu on his signing with Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
You have done the nation proud and be assured that we will all be rooting for you all the way as you lift our national flag high.”